As the Prime Minister triggers Article 50, two new blog posts by the Centre's director Dr Julie Smith shed light on how we got here and where we go from here. Read 'Absent from the start: Britain’s leery relationship with the EU' and 'Opinion: The Road to Brexit, or the UK’s Journey into the Unknown'
Book Launch: Dr Julie Smith, The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (Routledge, 2017)
Cambridge, 3 March 2017 - Dr Julie Smith launched her new book, The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (Routledge, 2017), at Robinson College, in the presence of Lord Lisvane, former Clerk of the House of Commons, Prof David Yates, Warden of Robinson College, a representative from Routledge, and various members of the University of Cambridge and Robinson College
The DAAD Cambridge Research Hub decided to fund a graduate reading group on 'Challenges to European unity' in 2017. The hub offers funding to groups of graduates who wish to follow a course of critical reading and discussion and invite a leading expert from Germany to join them.
The European Union as a Credible Global Actor: Workshop to discuss the forthcoming EU Global Strategy, supported by the European Centre, POLIS and the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub
Cambridge for Europe is the local campaign to ensure that people in Cambridge and its wider region fully understand the arguments for continued membership of the European Union and how important the issue is to them as individuals, their families, and their communities. Although some of the campaign leaders are engaged with political parties, the campaign is not a party political body. The Director of the European Centre, Dr Julie Smith, is a patron of the initiative. For more details on the campaign and their activities visit: http://www.cambridgeforeurope.co.uk/.
Dr Geoffrey Edwards, the Deputy Director of the European Centre, receives the 2015 UACES Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Julie Smith, the Director of the European Centre, speaks in the House of Lords on the budget deficit
On 4 June 2015, Dr Julie Smith, the Director of the European Centre (also known as Baroness Smith of Newnham) spoke in the House of Lords on the budget deficit. Baroness Smith stated that 'As a Liberal Democrat, I obviously welcome the fact that the deficit was halved as a percentage of GDP in the last Parliament, along with the commitment to getting rid of the deficit and beginning to reduce public debt.' However, she argued that the reduction needs to be done fairly: 'It is to be hoped that the Conservative Government will indeed reduce the deficit fairly, although, as the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, pointed out yesterday, to announce £12 billion of cuts without saying where they will fall is a perilous venture'. For the full speech please visit the link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/150604-0002.htm#15060446000282.
Dr Chris Bickerton publishes opinion article in Financial Times: 'European democracy cannot be clubby world of familiar faces'
On Tuesday 21 October 2014 Baroness Smith of Newnham and Lord Cooper of Windrush were introduced to the House of Lords. We wish them every success as peers.
Dr Chris Bickerton and Dr Carlo Invernizzi Accetti comment on ironies of the recent European elections in their article for Le Monde Diplomatique
Immigration: Labour must stand up for free movement in a strong Europe Ed Miliband should ignore Labour MPs calling for restrictions on EU migration
Julie Smith co-signs a letter published on Sunday, 8 June in the Observer, calling for a responsible discussion on migration and reminding importance of free movement for Britain.
Dr Smith's presentation at “European Attitudes, Parties, Citizens: Facing the 2014 European Parliament Elections in Hungary in Regional and European Contexts” conference organised by the Hungarian Europe Society (15 May 2014, Budapest) is now available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz4La5E4Uio
Dr Julie Smith and Dr Ariella Huff extensively cited in the recent House of Commons report on "Reforming the European Scrutiny System"